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, the rest of the political team, chuck todd, andrea mitchell, david gregory, you get to go first because you have the new poll numbers on where the race stands. >> reporter: i did, we debated the numbers, florida, ohio, virginia, the president had small leads in virginia and florida, a big lead in ohio. when we went back to the states to see if things had changed, well, we found small changes, not big ones. romney now leads by a point in virginia, in florida, still, a point lead for the president. and look at ohio, a six-point lead down from eight, but the president is still over 50%, there is a reason why, early voters. according to the numbers, one in five people in ohio cast a vote. and among those, the president has two thirds of the voters. that accounts for why he has a surprisingly big lead. there was not a lot of movement, post-debate one point, romney made leads on who to handle the economy in virginia and florida, something he has got to crack. >> all right, chuck todd at the venue, we'll talk to you later tonight. andrea mitchell, this format, questions coming from the moderator,
's chief foreign affairs >>> nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell interviewed a lot of scary people and dictators and ego maniacs over the years and over the years from doing that, she has endured these scary people and dictators and ego maniacs saying crazy things to her in close proximity. but also she has endured worse. >> when rice tried to challenge sudan's president omar al bashir, his security aides -- the security men tried to stop us from covering a photo opportunity. >> no. no. no. we don't let cameras into -- oh! >> reporter: when i asked sudan's president a question -- can you tell us why the government is still supporting the militias? they grabbed me from behind and dragged me out. >> when things like this happen to andrea mitchell because she is such a pro, she is totally zen through the whole thing. she does not crack up, doesn't yell at people. she doesn't let her jaw drop to the floor. he doesn't do a loony tunes style split take. andrea mitchell maintains composure in difficult circumstances. when something happens that causes you, the viewer, to b
. >>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports" countdown to denver. president obama and mitt romney prepare for their first debate. both sides trying to lower expectations. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> president obama is a very -- he's a very gifted speaker. the man's been on the national stage for many years. he's an experienced debater. he's done these kinds of debates before. this is mitt's first time on this kind of a stage. >> flashpoint libya, the white house on the defensive after reports of both security and intelligence nurse in benghazi before that terror attack. >> standing up, sitting down. >> which ever one you like. >> there you go. >> do whatever they tell us. >> the white house line is you heard the president say, osama bin laden is dead, al qaeda is done, everything is fine in the middle east. this, obviously, contradicts -- ther series of events contradicts that campaign slogan. so, the fact is, that this was clearly an act of terror committed by people who were pretty well trained jihadists. >> more carnage in afghanistan. the taliban
guess, is a fun thing to talk about. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama and mitt romney are heading back to ohio today in a very different situation than the last time they campaigned in the battleground state. the new pew poll know shows governor romney ahead among likely voters. it's the latest dose of reality for the obama camp in a race that is evolving with only weeks left until election day. joining me for our daily fix, chris cizilla, msnbc contributor and managing editor o of postpolitics.com and mark halperin for "time" and msnbc. joining us from chicago. chris cizilla, first of all to you, the new polls certainly have given a great burst of energy to mitt romney's campaign. >> no question. i would say and we said this when there was polling that had president obama up eight, nine, ten points nationally, let's see where it sorts out at the end of the week or beginning of next week. if you are mitt romney, this is -- the pew poll yesterday was huge news because a lot of what happens here at the end and we are 28 days away, is momentum based.
work. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. >> romney will come across as empathetic. but here's what mitt's been promising for the last two years. tax cuts for the wealthiest americans. how do you make that seem warm and fuzzy? well you just need to shake it up as hard as mitt did last night. so, let's give it a shot. okay. here we go. >> a little magic there. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington today. the white house got some welcome news. a september jobs report with the unemployment number now down to 7.8%, the lowest rate since the president took office, first time below 8%. joining me for the daily fix, chris cizilla, msnbc contributor and managing editor of post-politics.com. the president out on the stump trying to make the best of it, these numbers can bounce around. we'll drill down on the economic facts and figures in a moment, but basically this is a good news. >> yeah. look, good news from the country in that the unemployment rate went down and i would say good news politically for president obama because now the talking point that republican
the nice sun. >> everything is timing. >> the glow. the glow of andrea mitchell. >> thank you, chuck todd. feeling the love. what are the expectations coming from the romney campaign for paul ryan's big night tonight? here what happens his senior adviser, dan senor told chuck todd this morning, when it was really cold. >> he has to make the case about the choice in the election, all right? things have been rough over the last four years and it's incumbent on president obama and vice president biden to explain what exactly has happened over the last four years 23 million americans out of work, 47 million americans on food stamps 1 in 6 americans in poverty have them explain the rational for why they deserve a second term. there is a choice as it relates to the budgets, they are running on the romney/ryan agenda. governor romney laid out a plan, his five-point plan for the middle class. >> nbc's ron mott has been covering congressman ryan throughout and traveling with him and interviewing dan senor as well, and joins me now here. you've been with ryan camp. what is the mood? they must have
minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. >>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports" -- ready for the rematch. we are at hofstra university with a loud student crowd as president obama gets his cans for a do-over. >> how are you feeling about tonight? >> i feel fabulous. look at this beautiful day. >> what are you going to say? >> hope you enjoy the weather. >> are you aware michele voted for you yesterday? >> thank goodness. >> mitt romney arrives in long island for tonight's debate as his running mate stumps in virginia today. >> how are you doing? man. what a beautiful day. >> the president needs to reverse his slide after denver, mitt romney hopes to maintain the enthusiasm he's built and prove his first debate victory wasn't a fluke. taking responsibility, hillary clinton accepting full responsibility for the security failures in benghazi, but she says it shouldn't be a political issue. >> i don't think we want to get into any blame game. what we want to do is get to the bottom of what happened. >> and with the polls showing that romney is now narrowing the gap
>>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports" sandy strikes the east coast. hours ahead of making landfall, this huge storm surge already is hitting flood zones with warnings of 90-mile winds ahead. >> this is a massive storm. hurricane-force winds extend some 175 miles in every direction of this center. >> for those people who have lost power already or will lose power between now and when i speak to you next, i'm going to have to ask for your patience. >> just eight days until the election and sandy is the october surprise. president canceled everything, flew back from florida today to take charge in the situation room. >> because of the nature of this storm, we are certain that this is going to be a slow moving process through a wide swath of the country and millions of people are going to be affected. so the most important message that i have for the public right now is please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. >> that left bill clinton flying solo in florida. >> i was supposed to be the warmup man for president obama today. but that storm on the east co
'll get a live report on malala's condition. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live at center college in danville, kentucky. ahead of an -- here we've got a great crowd here already. already for tonight's crucial debate, the vice presidential debate in a presidential campaign that has a razor-thin edge. joining me now is chris cillizza, msnbc contributor and managing editor of post politics.com and chuck todd, nbc's chief white house correspondent, political director and host of "the daily rundown." >> abe lincoln behind you. >> let me go to chris cillizza first. >> sure. >> back in washington, talk about the stake as head. what are the two burdens, if you will for the two candidates tonight? >> well, look, i mean i think it is relatively obvious that mitt romney had some momentum coming off of his debate performance last week. i think that what joe biden needs to do is blunt that momentum with a sort of a draw or a perceived victory. i think if he loses the debate in the same way that barack obama lost the debate to mitt romney, we'll see the momentum on the republican side pick up.
foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. mitt romney's switch to a more moderate foreign policy last night was clearly aimed at independent women voters. the so-called security moms. in the past, romney has taken a hardline on the possibility of military action against iran, to stop its nuclear program. last night he emphasized diplomacy. >> and, of course, a military action is the last resort. it is something one would only consider if all of the other avenues had been tried to their full extent. >> reporter: on syria, romney used to talk about the u.s. arming the rebels. then two weeks ago, he said the u.s. should help allied partners arm the rebels. last night his emphasis was on avoiding a u.s. military role. >> i don't want to have our military involved in syria. i don't think there's a necessity to put our military in syria at this stage. >> reporter: finally on benghazi, after spending more than a month, including at last week's debate. relentlessly attacking the president for security and intelligence failures. last
on that stage last night. we begin our coverage with nbc's andrea mitchell. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. the president showed up today armed with attack lines against mitt romney a day late. trying to regain his footing after a rocky debate performance, the president today at an outdoor rally seemed everything he was not last night. >> the man on stage last night, he does not want to be held accountable for the real mitt romney's decisions and what he's been saying for the last year. >> mitt romney was greeted with thunderous applause this morning. at a speech to conservatives. >> last night, i thought was a great opportunity for the american people to see very different visions for the county >> the morning after, even supporters said the president seemed tentative, defensive, frequently looking down at his notes perhaps like some of his predecessors in debate, ford, carter, bush and bush. almost too accustomed to the oval office. not used to being challenged. most surprising, the president did not use some of his most potent attack lines. mitt romney's comments to we wi
to andrea mitchell, our chief foreign affairs correspondent. andrea, as you know, foreign affairs is the topic of the third and final debate. but there's no law against it coming up tonight. and today, the secretary of state hillary clinton did something critical for the top of the ticket. >> she did. she talked about benghazi, she took the blame. republicans tell me if one of the questioners does not bring up benghazi tonight, mitt romney will find a way to work it in. on the eve of the debate, though, as you pointed out, the secretary of state in peru did interviews with all the networks, trying to let the president off the hook in advance of the debate. and take the blame for the administration. watch. >> look, i take responsibility. i'm in charge of the state department. 60,000 plus people all over the world, 275 posts. the president and the vice president certainly wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. i don't think we want to get into any blame game. i think what we want to do is get to the bottom of what happened, figure
. good day, andrea mitchell live in denver at the site of tonight's presidential debate, the first time in five years that barack obama and mitt romney are going to be face-to-face in what the local newspaper is headlining as the duel in denver. joining me now for our daily fix, chris cizilla, msnbc contributor and managing editor of post politics.com. first of all, this, the big face-off, let's talk about the state of the race. we have new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll numbers showing a slight tightening in the race. fou looks as though mitt romney is in the national polls slightly narrowing the gap. other problems within those numbers, problems for romney. >> yeah. i mean first of all let me say i love duel in denver. i'm a big fan of that one. i think andrea, look, last week there was a ton of polling both in swing states and nationally that i think caught barack obama sort of at the apex of the bounce he had received post-convention and post a couple bad weeks for mitt romney and mitt romney at the nader of where he could possibly be in a race where you have the country as div
face each other in denver, just two days from now. we begin tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. it is the political super bowl, or perhaps the world series. mitt romney, behind in all battleground polls for the last three weeks, now has the most to gain from a game-changing night. and the most to lose if he doesn't turn it around. as the candidates head to debate camp, rolling up their sleeves, getting down to work, each claims to be the underdog. >> governor romney, he's -- he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> he plays, barack obama, he plays them well, too. i hate to tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney practicing with ohio senator rob portman looks like he's been getting a workout. the president sparring with john kerry, even chose a key suburb in nevada, a battleground state, for his practice session. neither candidate is known as a great debater. aides say the president doesn't like to talk in sound bites, and can be patronizing. >> you're likeable enough, hillary. >> thank you. >> reporter: romney, say advisers, ca
, this guy. i mean -- >> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. tomorrow night's debate could be another turning point. mitt romney will try to extend the gains that he has made since his first debate in denver. the president hopes to recover from a lackluster performance. and joining me now, msnbc contributor and managing editor of postpolitics.com. hey, chris, thanks so much. let's talk about the race. let's talk about the polls. let's talk about debate prep. the challenges for each. you've got a town hall format, and already today you've got a little bit of trying to work the ref with word from our friend mark halperin that lawyers for both campaigns have signed a memorandum of understanding that has no political or legal weight because it is not the format agreed to. it has no weight on the debate commission. and presumably no weight on the moderator herself, candy crowley. we've reached out to cnn for their take. this is all happening today as we speak. >> andrea, i try to keep my analysis within kind of, you know, within bounds and not get too worked up one way or the ot
than that tonight. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in boca raton, florida, lynn university, where the candidates will face off tonight for the very last time before election day. big moments tonight could well matter in a race that is destined for a photo finish, according to our latest polls. joining me for our daily fix, chris cillizza, msnbc contributor and managing editor of post politics.com, and chuck todd, nbc political director, chief white house correspondent and the host of "the daily rundown." welcome, both. first to you, chuck. we're talking about an nbc news/"wall street journal" poll on this last two weeks of the campaign, which is 47-47 among likely voters. >> you can't get any closer than that. it's a tough number, tougher number if you're looking at it from the president's point of view. an incumbent sitting at 47%, a great ground game like the obama team has can make up one or two points, making up three is a lot to make up. what was fascinating about the poll, i could go into it, it's a really muddy picture. i can go into it and pick out five things in it that e
will move america forward. and by the way, the math in my plan adds up. >> god day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. the presidential debates are over. the campaigns now in a frantic nonstop push for seven battleground states. and who will get a bump out of both? joining me david axelrod, senior adviser to the obama campaign. thank you very much, david, for being with us. >> good to be with you. >> got a plan, got a pamphlet. deja vu all over again as yogi berra would say, reminded me of putting people first, bill clinton after the new hampshire primary he had that pamphlet in florida when he went down battling off the late paul son gas. what is the strategy in coming up with a pamphlet now with only 14 days to go? >> of course, the pamphlet reflects the ideas that the president has advanced throughout this campaign about where we need to go as a country, building on the progress that we've made, andrea. it's the plan that he talked about at the conventions. it's the plan that he talks about every day. we wanted to codify it and put it in one place as voters making their final decisio
>>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports," women rule. both campaigns going after the women voters who could well decide this election. >>> president obama today in manchester, new hampshire. >> i know you want the same thing for your daughters or sisters or moms or grandmas as i do. and this is not, as i said in the debate, this is not just a women's issue. this is a family issue. this is an economic issue. >> today women who work for mitt romney when he was governor of massachusetts set off on a bus tour through iowa. ann romney went on "the view." >> this year it's nearly 90 -- i would say 95% of what i hear from women is help, please help. >> and out in ohio, bubba and the boss. bruce springsteen and bill clinton hitting the trail in ohio to fire up support for barack obama. >> he can't even say whether he would sign a law which is already on the books. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. today both campaigns are stepping up their attempt to win over undecided voters, the women voters. the obama campaign sees openings after tuesday's debate. romney campaign on
. brings us to this next item. andrea mitchell is another part of our political team in denver. she'll be fact checking the debate for us during our coverage later tonight. but, andrea, because of breaking news on two fronts, libya and syria, tonight we come to you in your capacity as chief foreign affairs correspondent. what do you know on both? >> reporter: well, the president was briefed on this latest incident. today syria, according to the u.s. and nato, attacked turkey, which is, of course, a nato ally and a strong u.s. ally across the border, with mortar fire killing reportedly five civilians in a residential area near the border. turkey then retaliated. tonight there was an emergency meeting in brussels. the nato ministers condemning syria for this attack. and also the president, the white house issued a statement from the national security council. hillary clinton spoke to the turkish foreign minister and said the u.s. will support turkey in this. all are condemning syria and holding syria to account. this as also more trouble for the administration with benghazi. the hill
countless statistics and figures of cuts and increases. andrea mitchell looked into the truth. >> let me repeat what i said. i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. my plan is not to add to the deficit. >> romney proposed making the bush tax cuts permanent for all levels. he would repeal the alternative minimum tax and the estate tax. the snon-partisan tax said it would cost $4.8 trillion over ten years. romney said his plan would be paid for. to pay for the cuts, he would have to close loopholes in the tax codes and get red of deductions and credits. he hasn't said which he'd get rid of, saying he would work with congress. president obama said his plan would cut the deficit by $4 trillion. >> we all know we have to do more. so, i put forward a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan. it's on a website. you can look at all the numbers, what cuts we make and what revenue we raise. >> that comes from the budget and policy priorities. the president is counting money saved by letting the bush tax cuts expire for people making more than $250,000 a year. he's counting $1 trillion in sav
statistics and figures of cuts or increases, nbc news' andrea mitchell looked into the truth behind the rhetoric of both candidates. >> let me repeat what i said. i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. that's not my plan. my plan is not to put in place any tax cut that will add to the deficit. >> reporter: romney has proposed making the bush tax cuts permanent for all income levels and then cutting all rates an additional 20%. he would repeal the alternative minimum tax and permanently repeal the estate tax. the nonpartisan tax policy center concluded that mitt romney's tax plan would cost $4.8 trillion over ten years. romney said again tonight that his plan would be paid for, but to pay for those cuts, he would have to close loopholes in the tax code and get rid of some tax deductions, he said, and credits, but he's repeatedly refused to say which deductions he would get rid of saying that he would work with congress to make those decisions. also tonight president obama said his plan would cut the deficit by $4 trillion. >> we all know that we've got to do more, and so i put fo
, and to the rest of our team, chief affairs correspondent andrea mitchell and our white house director, chuck todd, both in the washington bureau. chuck, let's begin with you, two new polls, different sets of numbers, what do the numbers tell you? >> reporter: look, when i dug into them, they both told us the same thing, there is a spike in the republican enthusiasm for romney, that is why you see the voters shifting towards romney. and it depends on how you wait to sample. and yes, one poll seems to be a little more republican than the gallup -- polls, there is more enthusiasm among likely republican voters than likely democratic voters. this has been a problem for the democrats for six months, and you're seeing more in this poll than the last debate. and the big moment will be joe biden, and paul ryan, you see them prepping in a way they have not done before. they have done a lot of mock debate sessions with joe biden. paul ryan has never been on this big a stage before. he has reviewed the sarah palin debate, watched joe biden's speeches to try to get a sense of joe biden. they will be seated.
big hearings tomorrow. a preview tonight from our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >> reporter: as house republicans prepare to hold hearings on the benghazi attacks, mitt romney disclosed he met one of the victims, former navy s.e.a.l. glenn doher doherty. >> you can imagine how i felt when i found out he was one of the two former navy s.e.a.l.s killed in benghazi on september 11th. >> reporter: doherty's family confirmed the two met at a neighborhood christmas party a few years ago. this as republicans accuse the state department for rejecting the request for more security for ambassador chris stevens, slain in the attacks, so washington could say libya was becoming more peaceful. investigators say two months before the attacks, the state department concluded the risk to u.s. personnel was high. republican congressman jason chaffetz is just back from tripoli. >> twice in the six-month leadup, you had bombings at our compound in benghazi, and it's 9/11 in libya. what other warnings do you need? >> reporter: there were two assassination attempts against the ambassa
with three other americans. our report tonight from our chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: sparking the confrontation, the two security officers from the consulate who said the requests were either turned down or ignored. >> we were fighting a losing battle. we couldn't even keep what we had. we were not allowed to keep what we had. >> it was very clear we were not going to get resources until the aftermath of the incident. >> reporter: republicans accused them of lying regarding the protests over an anti-muslim video. >> there was no protest, and cameras reveal that. >> this was never about a video's it was never spontaneous, it was terror, i want to know why we were lied to. >> reporter: this after the comments from u.s. ambassador, susan rice, days after the attack. >> the current assessment, what happened in benghazi, was initially a spontaneous reaction to what happened in cairo. >> reporter: in fact, they acknowledged there never was a protest, all was quiet until at night, when all hell broke loose, with dozens breaking through. they rushed to christop
. >>> president obama and romney will have their second debate tuesday in long island, new york. andrea mitchell led the truth squad with a fact check. she started with the deadly september 11th attack in benghazi. paul ryan accusing them of protecting u.s. personnel. >> what we should not be doing is rejecting claims for calls for more security in barracks and marines. we need marines in benghazi when the ambassador says we need them. the requests were not honored. >> biden called the deaths a tragedy. the obama administration did not know they had been asking for more security help. >> we weren't told they wanted more security. we did not know they wanted more security. by the way, at the time, we were told exactly, we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. that was the assessment. >> there was an assessment, but the state department did know from videos that requests had been made and were turned down. a state department official acknowledged testifying on capitol hill yesterday. there was a sharp disagreement over medicare. biden charged ryan's plan would raise
romney will have their second debate at hofstra university. well, nbc's andrea mitchell led our truth squad in danville last night with a fact check of the debate. she started with the deadly september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi and paul ryan accusing the obama administration of not properly protecting u.s. personnel. >> what we should not be doing is rejecting claims for calls for more security in our barracks, in our marine. we need marines in benghazi when the commander on the ground says we need more forces for security. there were requests for extra security. those requests were not honored. >> reporter: vice president biden called the deaths a tragedy but he then claimed that the obama administration did not know that ambassador stevens and other personnel on the ground had been asking for more security help. >> we weren't told they wanted more security there. we did not know they wanted more security. and, by the way, at the time we were told exactly -- we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. that was the assessment. >> reporte
, and stars ben affleck, and tonight, andrea mitchell talks to him about what he saw in history that made him want to convert it to the screen. >> reporter: argo, a film that could have been taken from today's headlines, an angry mob storms the american embassy, somewhere in the middle east, but this is not benghazi or cairo, it is tehran. 1979 it is in the hands of students tonight. they took 52 americans, most of them diplomats, hostage, in what became a 444-day nightmare, the movie, starring ben affleck, said he was drawn to the story because it was so much like today. >> i knew it would be the revolution, the consequences of the revolution, i didn't know it would be so tragic and resonant. >> reporter: for days, americans were glued to their tv on word of the hostages. many didn't know. the film tells the story america didn't know six embassy workers escaped to the home of the canadian ambassador. and the big secret? a daring cia officer who created an improbable plan to rescue them. >> they're a canadian film, or science fiction movie. >> we all fly in together to tehran. >> we had a fil
day town hall. our report today from andrea mitchell. >> i'll turn to you for a few questions. >> so everybody take a seat so i can see who wants to answer questions. it is a format that should favor barack obama, who out distances romney with the favor this year, the president's town halls are rare, and sometimes not in person. >> there is a huge demand for engineers around the country right now. >> i understand that, but how -- i mean. >> yeah. >> given the list that you're getting, i mean, we're not getting that. >> reporter: and after his first debate performance, the president is being pulled in two directions, get tough with romney, be nice to the audience. other lessons from the past, don't look at your watch, stay out of your opponent's personal space, don't be cranky. you know who voted for it? might never know. tom brokaw who did it four years ago, said the moderators should get combat pay. >> you may not notice, gentlemen, but we have lights, green, red. >> reporter: oh, yes, the time limits. >> i said to the commission in advance, i just can't be a potted plant like a gam
, thanks so much. >>> well, nbc's andrea mitchell has been leading our truth squad during these debates, and last night she spoke with brian williams. they began with that disagreement you just heard over domestic energy and oil production. >> reporter: oil production did fall by 14% on federal lands on shore and offshore, brian, but that was only in one year, from 2010 to 2011, and it was largely the result of fallout from the deep water horizon oil spill in the gulf of mexico in 2010. but mr. obama is right that since he took office oil production on federal lands is up. in both 2009 and 2010 oil production increased so even with the 14% drop last year overall production on federal lands is still up 10.6% since 2008. one other thing, in terms of natural gas production, natural gas production is down and declining since 2003 according to the energy information administration mainly because of a decline in offshore natural gas drilling, brian. >> andrea, another topic early on, and this has come up sporadically during the campaign, what did mitt romney say and when did he say it about,
. think about what all that money could buy. back here, with the race, chuck todd and andrea mitchell, and chuck, a new day after a big event. >> you know, absolutely, if it was not clear to you before it should be now. the two men trying for office, don't really like each other very much. barack obama and mitt romney clashed in what could have been the worst and most difficult debates of the modern era. president obama and mitt romney picked up today where they left off during their contentious debate last night. >> mitt romney is trying to sell you a sketchy deal, we are not buying it. we know better. >> when it comes to his policies and his answers and his agenda, he is pretty much running on fumes. >> reporter: the only thing missing today, the finger pointing and glares dominated last. >> i am happy to answer the question. >> the oil prediction is down -- >> have you looked at your pension? mr. president, have you looked at your pension? >> you know, i don't look at it, it is not as big as yours. >> you will get your chance in a moment, i'm still speaking. >> reporter: and at tim
nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: it would be hard to miss today's target voters. >> i know you want the same thing for your daughters or sisters or moms. or grandmothers, as i do. >> fewer women are working today than when he took office. and so of the people who have gotten hit the hardest, it is women. >> would you sign the lilly ledbetter equal pay law? no answer, he can't say if he would sign the law already on the books. at an obama rally in ohio, even "the boss" chimed in what do women want? mitt romney says jobs. >> this president's office has failed women, they suffered in terms of getting jobs. >> reporter: trying to make up for the "binder of women" stumble in the debate, the romney campaign was in iowa. >> and i know that governor romney would be that type of person to work across the aisle. >> reporter: the president counters that he would oppose the law. permitting more women to sue for equal pay. >> i have two daughters, i want to make sure they get paid the same as somebody's sons for doing the same job. >> reporter: both campaigns also showed new ads on abortion. oba
issues tonight about the intelligence. we get more from our chief correspondent andrea mitchell. >> reporter: trying to put the issue behind him the president gave his critics a new talking point last night. >> i would say even you would admit it was not the optimal response for the american people, as far as us being on the same page. >> here is what i say, if four people get killed, it is not optimal. >> he used stewart's words, but that didn't count. critics pounced. >> that makes me a little sad. the optimal remark. >> reporter: blindsiding the administration and house democrats, republican house members released documents the state department had provided congress, including this cable from ambassador chris stevens, a month before the attacks, he warned, what we have seen are not random crimes of opportunity, but rather targeted attacks, they wrote answers about security failures. and while the president vows to hunt down the killers, libyan authorities are permitting one suspected terrorist to walk free, bragging. how will mitt romney challenge the president at the debate?
. >> andrea mitchell. we don't have you home for long, given your world travel and view of the world right now, what is the most urgent and pressing issue that could come up tonight? one that will live well beyond the debates? well, i think afghanistan and troops, tens of thousands, that is very important. but the most pressing issue right now seems to be syria, the united states can no longer ignore that situation, a huge hole that is sucking in other countries. so far 30,000 people killed in syria, and it is clear that that conflict is a regional war with other countries becoming involved. the bombing in beirut, many believe that syria was involved. and today, in jordan, officials say a soldier there was killed when the jordan troops clashed with the fighters crossing into syria, this is a situation that the president, whoever happens to be president will be forced to deal with. >> richard engel in the d.c. bureau tonight, and david gregory as we said at the top of the broadcast it is probably fair to say in their worst fears or wildest dreams neither campaign would have told you a year ago
, florida, i'm steve handlesman, nbc news. lynn, back to you. >>> steve, thanks. nbc's andrea mitchell has been leading our post debate truth squad. last night with brian williams, she zeroed in on one of mitt romney's most frequent attack lines on the president. >> then the president began what i've called an apology tour going to various nations in the middle east and criticizing america. i think they looked at that and saw weakness. >> bob, let me just respond. nothing governor romney just said is true starting with this notion of me apologizing. this has been probably the biggest whopper that's been told during the course of this campaign. >> reporter: the president pushes back very hard on this. in fact, he never used the word apologize when he went overseas to cairo in 2009 explaining that he thought the u.s. had made a few mistakes in dealing with the world. many consider it a matter of diplomacy, a matter of nuance. romney points to several examples including when president obama said in 2009 that, quote, america has shown some arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive. romney c
, thanks so much. well, nbc's andrea mitchell has been leading our post debate truth squad, and last night during our special coverage with brian williams, she zeroed in on one of mitt romney's most frequent attack lines against the president. >> and then the president began what i've called an apology tour of going to various nations in the middle east and criticizing america. i think they looked at that and saw weakness. >> bob, let me just respond. nothing governor romney just said is true starting with this notion of me apologizing. this has been probably the biggest whopper that's been told during the course of this campaign. >> reporter: the president pushes back very hard on this. in fact, he never used the word apologize when he went overseas to cairo in 2009 explaining that he thought the u.s. had made some mistakes in dealing with the world. many consider it a matter of diplomacy, a matter of nuance, but these are open to interpretation, and romney points to several examples including when president obama said in strassburg in 2009 that, quote, america has shown some arrogance an
correspondent, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: as a possible suspect for the benghazi attack was being questioned, critics disclosed e-mails obtained by nbc news. the first alert read, embassy tripoli reports approximately 25 people, fired shots, explosions heard as well. ambassador stevens and four embassy personnel are in the compound safe haven. it said a friendly militia was helping to fight off the attack. soon, another said it was over. the fighting in benghazi has stopped, the compound cleared. a response team on site, attempting to locally personnel later, a known terror group was said to be linked. nbc tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on facebook and twitter and has called for an attack on nbc tripoli. the next day the same terror group denied they were involved, causing more confusion. >> you know, posting something on facebook is not in and of itself evidence, and i think it just underscores how fluid the reporting was at the time and continues for sometime to be. >> reporter: shortly before midnight on 911, another e-mail reported that the assault on benghazi had escal
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